Exploring the lesser known trekking trails of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we sent our intrepid contributor Paul Dow from TravMonkey.com to check out what alternatives there are to a holiday on an Island known for it’s party resorts. You can read part one of his trekking in Tenerife review here.
The first days trekking had been superb, I really enjoyed walking over the lava fields and viewing the volcanoes up close and the walk itself had been the perfect length. I expected that Saturday would be pretty much more of the same, volcanic regions with lava fields and pine tree forests. I was way off the mark as we trekked a very different landscape entirely.
We parked in Los Gigantes in Santiago del Teide and jumped in the nearest taxi to Masca “The Forgotten Village”. The taxi ride took us around some steep cliffs, winding roads and some spectacular as well as treacherous views it was just as well that the roads are very well maintained or it could have been much more of a “heart in mouth” experience.
The Forgotten Village
We spent some time wandering “The Forgotten Village” and admiring the huge canyon and cliffs surrounding the area, the village was quint and also has a museum, a cafe with various touristy items to purchase. Some of the walking group had a quick coffee before we began our trek for the day. The 4 hour trek took us down the huge giant canyon, over streams, climbing over bolders and crouching through caves. A great contrast to the previous days pine forest and volcanic combination. The walk was downhill but still proved a challenge especially because I was still suffering from a bout of man flu. The walks, fresh air and potentially the altitude seemed to keep my mind off the cold and on enjoying the beauty of the surrounding scenery.
The weather had been good, not too humid but the sun was shining. After trekking the canyon we reached Masca Bay where we were rewarded by a beautiful glistening view of the ocean. We headed to the beach where I made the mistake of attempting to walk of Tenerife’s black sand in bare feet, not a clever idea. After recovering from burnt feet I cooled off with a swim in the bay.
Having had plenty of time to swim and sun ourselves we caught the boat back to Los Gigantes through Barranco bay on Nashiro Uno. Thankfully there was plenty of ice-cold beers on board for the journey back. The boat trip provided some stunning views of the island and with a slight breeze and a beer in hand I was pretty content.
Once we were back on dry land we headed to a Alcala in Guia De Isora for tapas in Plaza bar where the owner seemed determined to supply us with flavoured vodka shots for free. The tapas was good, but the mid-afternoon heat was a little too much for me so I headed inside with a beer where I found live premier league football on both of the TV’s.
Again Christine had excelled herself, offering us great snippets of information along the way about the names, history, interesting places and showing us the different fruits that are naturally growing in the countryside. If you are planning a trip to Tenerife with the possibility of organising a walk it would be well worth looking up Christine.
Landscapes of Tenerife
So far on the trip I was impressed by the diversity of landscapes in Tenerife, I’d only ever heard about Tenerife’s volcanic scenery but this day had confirmed to me that there was much more to the place than stereotypes. The most interesting aspect was that the walks and trekking are within easy reach of people visiting, I’d travelled to other countries where finding such great beauty would take days to reach.
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Chistine provides inspirational walks on Tenerife – www.tenerifewalks.com